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Eating Disorder Programmes and Therapies

Established in 2000, Ellern Mede specialises only in eating disorders treatments. Our clinicians achieve excellent health outcomes for most inpatients. We are at the forefront of research to advance evidence-based eating disorders care. We are well known for eating disorders treatment for children and now also offer eating disorders treatment for adults.

Evidence shows patients with eating disorders have better outcomes when treated in specialist centres than in general medical settings where staff do not have specialist eating disorders experience. The best outcomes for patients come from working with dedicated eating disorder specialists.

Ellern Mede services for treating eating disorders involve both physical medical care and mental health care. Our services range from intensive inpatient programmes, such as we offer at Ellern Mede Ridgeway, to residential short-term or partial hospitalisation such as at Ellern Mede Barnet, to outpatient treatments, which we offer at Harley Street and Wimpole Street in central London.

Your first consultation is a comprehensive assessment with a specialist eating disorders consultant psychiatrist. An important first goal of treatment is to establish a therapeutic alliance and continuity of working with a dedicated team in an agreed plan of care which involves the patient and the patient’s family where appropriate. We employ psychiatrists, psychologists, family therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, nurses and healthcare assistants.

Our Therapies Team members work with each patient to explore the best course of action in terms of therapeutic approach. We will take into account your past experiences of therapy, the difficulties you are facing, your goals for treatment and your preferences to develop an individual therapy plan. Our team are skilled in a number of approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Remediation Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy.

Our philosophy in all our treatment programmes is to engage with and treat the person as a whole; to facilitate their physical, mental and emotional recovery. We provide a safe and supportive environment which respects patients and their families as individuals, whilst also encouraging the young or adult patient to pursue their aspirations.


There is evidence to show that in certain cases people with eating disorders are helped by certain medications. Ellern Mede follows NICE guidelines with regard to medication.

Psychology Groups

All people call on basic strategies and learned skills to deal with their emotions and thoughts. People with eating disorders benefit from exploring their cognitive styles and learning additional skills. The psychology team facilitate various therapeutic groups which include Coping Skills, Anxiety Management, Relaxation, Mindfulness, Body Talk and Managing Perfectionism.

Treatment Programmes

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Therapy Approaches

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NHS referrals

Ellern Mede has provided specialist Tier 4 eating disorder services to the NHS since 2000. We respond promptly to all NHS enquiries. Contact us now.

Private referrals

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